Arvin S Glicksman

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Arvin S Glicksman is a highly regarded Radiologist. However in his earlier period he was embroiled by Theodor Sterling in research for the tobacco industry. He seems to have been associated with Theodor Sterling over some time, through earlier associations at Cincinnati and Washington University (St Louis).

His extensive list of authored papers seems not to include any of the tobacco research reports that he did with the Sterlings.

Documents & Timeline

1992 May 14 Theodor and David Sterling and their Associate Arvin S Glicksman, the Radiation Oncologist from the Medical Sciences Department at Brown University (Rhode Island) are proposing a tobacco-funded project investigating the risks associated with passive smoking by family members in the home. David Sterling is now Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Program, College of Health Sciences, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia.

They have a different hypothesis that they want to investigate -- associated with the socio/economic status of households-- which makes the non-smoking members of the family more exposed to carcinogens from many sources. Glicksman and David Sterling have been doing a preliminary analysis of possible studies between the years 1989 and 1991. They did a feasibility study at Roger Williams General Hospital and a population survey with a (unspecified) grant from British American Tobacco (presumably finished in 1991.

This new study rests on the confounding observations: a) lower-class blue-collar workers have non-smoking wives b) the blue-collar workers bring more toxic materials into the home on their clothes. c) Home-makers generally have elevated lung-cancer rates. d) The wives of non-smokers appear to have a healthier lifestyle. [2]